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07 Jun 2023

Startup Game Studio w/ CEOs from top Independent Studios Q&A

Virginia - Central Virginia | Richmond, VA

The IGDA and Gallery 5 present a live event with Independent video game studio heads from Mohawk Games (Old World, Offworld Trading Company), and Farbridge (RWBY Grimm Eclipse, Walkabout Mini Golf, Unnanounced Gearbox Project).

Speakers for this event will be in-person, travelling to Richmond to help us build game development in Central Virginia.

CEO of Mohawk Games and Creative Director for Old World. Leyla grew up in Lebanon and studied Journalism before working in radio and government. A talented polyglot, Leyla worked on Offworld Trading Company and for Mohawk, she has performed work in different disciplines from community management, art direction, project lead to narrative design.

Growing up in Washington State, Soren enjoyed several hobbies including videogames, music and soccer. Completing an internship at EA, he transitioned to Firaxis to work on Civilization III and IV. Soren is now Design Director at Mohawk Games and brings years of experience to projects like Offworld Trading Company and Old World.

CEO of Farbridge, Patrick Curry founded and runs a distributed game studio with a nexus of folks in Central Texas. Farbridge shipped games for practically every type of game console, computer, mobile platform, and VR/AR devices, over 12 projects across 30 SKUs on 10+ platforms. They work with partners like EA, Wizards of the Coast, Gearbox, and cooking up their own original games. Patrick has had four exits as co-founder/partner: Tsugi (Unity), Wideload (Disney), Powered (Dachis Group), ZFI (Frog Design). Two exits as advisor/investor: Owlchemy Labs (Google), Howdy.ai (Microsoft). Currently advising Superboss Games, Pretty Hype Games, Absurd Joy, Wayside Press, and new super secret awesome companies.




Richmond, VA


Soren Johnson, Leyla Johnson, Patrick Curry


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